Letters to the Editor

BY DI READERS | JUNE 17, 2011 7:20 AM

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Objectivism, Christianity incompatible

Atlas Shrugged author Ayn Rand’s selfish, individualistic philosophy and the teachings of Jesus are totally incompatible. A person cannot possibly be a disciple of Rand’s and at the same time be a follower of Jesus.

Jesus called people to follow him but never coerced them to follow. Even today, all of us have the freedom to choose whom we will serve, God or money. Jesus was and continues to be the fulfillment of God’s transforming love. It is love of God, self and neighbors that provides power to change people’s hearts and minds. Feeding a hungry world becomes possible when changed hearts and minds are intent on turning weapons of war into farming implements.

We must be wary of politicians who claim to be people of faith at the same time they are promoting the selfish, ungodly Randian economic philosophy. As a nation, America will be judged by how well we individually, collectively, and lovingly meet the needs of the least of our brothers and sisters — the poor.

Does our trust in God really affect our economics? Should it?

Paul L. Whiteley Sr.
Louisville, Ky.

Best wishes for Hubbard

I sincerely wish Anthony Hubbard great success with the Hawkeye basketball team. He appears to be a talented, earnest young man, committed to making positive contributions to his team, his family, and, hopefully, many others. Learning from one’s mistakes is a sign of maturity.

Coach Fran McCaffery (aided by wife Margaret’s apple cobbler) also made gains in the court of public opinion by his straightforward responses to concerns about Hubbard.

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Athletics Director Gary Barta. Maybe it’s part of his job to deflect any potential criticism, but once again on Wednesday, he appeared and sounded so very defensive that he distracted from the positive image they were all working so hard to create.

Barta’s public persona may work on the fundraising side of the business and in negotiating television contacts and game schedules, but inspiring trust is just not part of his skill set. President Sally Mason, or yes, Margaret McCaffery herself would have been a better third party in this particular introduction.

Jack L. Mithelman
Des Moines

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